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MCR Game Jam

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
MCR GameJam

MCR GameJam

Title: MCR Game Jam

Description: Are you a coder, artist or audio designer interested in videogame design? Or, are you a gamer who’s curious about how videogames are put together? If so, we’d like to invite you to come join us for the next Manchester Game Jam!

Dates: Saturday 06-12-2014 & Sunday 07-12-2014
From 09:00 to 18:00 each day

Get a ticket over at Eventbrite



Once again we’re throwing a weekend-long game jam to coincide with the LUDUM DARE online jam. If you’re taking part in the Dare then we’re inviting you to come and jam here instead of hiding away in your bedroom, and if you’re not doing the Dare then we’ll be running an informal jam all weekend too (probably using the Ludum Dare theme though, so we’re all on the same page)

For our jam solo and groups are both A-OK, and it doesn’t even have to be a videogame: if board games or anything else is more your bag, that’s cool too. Our only rule is: you have to show your game off at the end!

PLEASE NOTE: we’re open both days from 9am until 6pm, we are not open overnight! If you’re travelling to Manchester then let us know if you need a hand with sleeping arrangements :)

UNDER-16 POLICY: we warmly welcome under 16′s at our jam, but they absolutely must be supervised by a parent or guardian for the entirety of the event. Unattended children will be taught FORTRAN and released into the wild.

For more info, drop us an email: MCRgamejam@gmail.com
or, you can follow us on Twitter: @MCRgamejam

Here’s how our last few jams went down:


I’m not a programmer, will I be any use at the jam?
Absolutely! We’re encouraging a really diverse group of people: artists, designers, audio people and everyone in between. Most of our games are videogames, but in the past we’ve had board games and all sorts pop up. Go nuts!

What are the rules?
Rules? Pah! No rules for us. We’ll announce a theme beforehand, but apart from that you can do what you like. Our only request is that at the end of the jam you show everyone what you’ve been working on.

Is there a winner?
Nah. We’re in it for the games, the learning, and the fun. Let’s be honest: you’re all winners at our jam.

Do I need to bring a computer?
If you’re making a digital/computer game, then yes please: we don’t have any machines. We usually have some other fun stuff happening (board games, pervasive gaming), but generally most folks will be making videogames. There’s high-speed WiFi and lots of plug sockets, but you’ll need your own machine.

Who owns the games that get made?
You do! We usually share the finished games online, and we’re encouraging people to share their code too: looking at how people have built stuff is all part of the fun. Ownership of anything goes to the creator of the game, but sharing is caring, right?

Can I participate remotely?
For this event, no. It’s a hands-on, group event. Join us!

I don’t have a ticket, can I come anyway?
If we’re not sold out, you can pay on the door. Check the Eventbrite link on this page, or give us a shout!

I have a ticket, but now I can’t make it. What do I do?
Please let us know, so we can refund you and give someone else your ticket. Demand was high, so we don’t want to waste any tickets!


Tuesday, October 28th, 2014


Title: CiviCRM
Description: Come meet others from the area who are interested in, using or developing CiviCRM.

UK user groups are an informal way to meet others from the community and learn more. There are demonstrations, discussions and the chance to meet other people involved in the community. We aim to make them as useful and user led as possible.

Date: 09-12-2014
From 18:00 to 20:00


For this Manchester meetup we will:

  • Look at the benefits of Website integration (like online event registration)
  • Have some demonstrations with the opportunity to speak to those who already use CiviCRM in their organisation
  • Run a group Q and A session

MCRUUG (Manchester Unity User Group)

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Manchester Unity User Group

Manchester Unity User Group

Title: MCRUUG (Manchester Unity User Group)
Description: MCRUUG is a group for the Unity developers of Manchester and beyond.

Come along to get the latest info on Unity, meet fellow Unity developers and
check out the awesome projects being created in the area.

Date: 10-12-2014
From 19:00 to 21:00



Want to know more?

You can follow MCRUUG on Twitter @MCRUUG and join our Facebook group

If you are interested in talking at the event, feel free to submit details here

Short Story Writing Group

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
Short Story Writing Group

Short Story Writing Group

Title: Short Story Writing Group

Description: Critique group for short story writers

Location: Federation House (New Art Spaces) – directions

Date: 26-11-2014
From 19:00 to 21:00






The Short Story Writing Group grew out of a MadLab and Comma Press course in short story writing, but anyone who writes short stories is welcome to join. We meet monthly to workshop one story by each member. Criticism is gentle and honest, and we’re always excited to see how a story grows and changes as a result. Sometimes there are biscuits.

Stories in any genre are welcome, and we’ll read flash fiction, nearly-novellas and everything in between. Anyone wanting to improve their work is welcome, and you don’t have to submit a story to join in.

Contact shortstoryworkshop@gmail.com to get your paws on the stories and submit your biscuit preferences.




Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Title: GosuCup
Location: MadLab, 42 Edge Street

Description: A Hearthstone Tournament & Fireside Gathering

This is an externally organised event.


Date: 29-11-2014
From 10:30 to 17:30




A Hearthstone Tournament and Fireside Gathering in Manchester, UK

The first ever tournament to use the new “Duel” format

With prizes for 1st & 2nd place provided by Razer (total value of over £200)

Make friends and earn you Fireside Gathering card back in our Lounge Area!


Doors open: 10:30am

Tournament: 11:00am – 5:30pm

Gathering: 12:30pm-5:30pm


For details on how to enter visit: http://www.tryingtobegosu.com/gosu-cup-registration/


This is an “Offline” Tournament. All participants must come to the event in person.

All levels and ages welcome

Please bring your own Laptops or iPads


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